A Love for My Patients’ Smiles
I love people watching and it helps me in treating patients. A win for my patients, and a win for me! It is an honor for me to be your orthodontist.
I love the uniqueness of each patient: your quirks and individual outlook, especially regarding orthodontics. During each appointment, while I check the progression of treatment and make the necessary adjustments, we talk. Your stories and laughter always leave me smiling and looking forward to our next visit.
The impact of smile transformation on a patient's dental function, appearance, and confidence is particularly rewarding for me. I also enjoy a good challenge and designing an individualized care plan for each patient is just that. I am daily called upon to assess clinical needs and balance them with aethetics and other concerns to create a healthy, beautiful smile for each individual.
Education and Continuing Education
- Doctorate of Medicine in Dentistry, University of Puerto Rico Dental School
- General Practice Residency, Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA
- Master of Science in Craniofacial Biology, University of Southern California Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry
- Orthodontic Certificate, University of Southern California Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry
I take advantage of every continuing education (CE) opportunity my schedule allows. CE keeps me current on new developments in technology and treatments and allows me to learn from the leaders in the field as well as from my peers. I participate in numerous meetings, conference, lectures, and a study club with my local colleagues. This ensures I am able to provide my patients with the best options available to create their new smile.
- American Association of Orthodontists
- Pacific Coast Society of Orthodontists
Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, I’ve called the mountains of Altadena my home for 11 years. My husband Zack and I have two sons - Oliver, 3 yr old (but if you ask he's three and a half), and Felix, 1yo. We recently lost our 19-year-old cat, Paco, but managed to make paw prints and hand prints of the family before his passing which are now framed to remind us of his happy times. My family is local and I am lucky to say that they are part of my everyday life.
Besides orthodontics I have a passion for exercise, traveling and food. I love running and hiking, and exploring all that life in Los Angeles offers! I am a self-diagnosed serial class-taker: you teach it, I learn it. Mindfulness, meditation, scuba diving, photography, sewing, cooking, natural hair dying, and many more topics have grabbed my interest. What can I learn from you?